America’s Airmen: Special Operations

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Around the world and at home, America’s Airmen bring critical airpower capabilities to bear against the most pressing national security challenges. Incredible advances are made every day to strengthen those capabilities through the combined efforts of Airmen and aerospace nation partners.

During the 2015 Air Force Association Air And Space Conference Sept. 14-16, 2015, the America’s Airmen exhibit highlighted core missions of Airmen across the globe in intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance space and special operations.

The booth put the spotlight on Airmen working in the special operations career fields.

We talked with four Airmen at the exhibit who gave us an inside look at special operations in today’s Air Force. They also showed us some of the amazing gear that helps them keep up their oath – “That others may live.”


Capt. Ben Self, 321st Special Tactics Training Squadron
special tactics officer


Capt. Catherine Roese, 9th Special Operations Squadron pilot


Master Sgt. Jared Pietras, 720th Operations Support Squadron
superintendent, and Senior Airman John Couzens Jr.,
23rd Special Tactics Squadron pararescueman

America’s Airmen: Space and Cyber Operations

Air Force Social Media

Around the world and at home, America’s Airmen bring critical airpower capabilities to bear against the most pressing national security challenges. Incredible advances are made every day to strengthen those capabilities through the combined efforts of Airmen and aerospace nation partners.

During the 2015 Air Force Association Air And Space Conference, the America’s Airmen exhibit highlighted core missions of Airmen across the globe in intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, space and special operations.

Today’s booth put the spotlight on Airmen working in the cyber and space operations career fields. We talked with Capt. Brian Belongia, 90th Information Operations Squadron assistant director of operations at Joint Base San Antonio, Texas, to learn a bit about cyber operations career field.

America’s Airmen: Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance

By Staff Sgt. Carlin Leslie
Air Force Social Media

Around the world and at home, America’s Airmen bring critical airpower capabilities to bear against the most pressing national security challenges. Incredible advances are made everyday to strengthen those capabilities through the combined efforts of Airmen and aerospace nation partners.

During the 2015 Air Force Association Air And Space Conference, the America’s Airmen exhibit is highlighting core missions of Airmen across the globe in intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, space and special operations.

First on the surveillance radar is the ISR community’s Staff Sgt. Zacharie Lacourse. SSgt. Lacourse is assigned to the ISR directorate at Osan Air Force Base, Republic of Korea. Lacourse is a combat plans and exercises planner, conducting planning for two of the largest command post exercises in the world. Additionally he validates wartime augmentation plans for deployment of ISR forces to wartime locations.

Make sure to come back tomorrow for highlights on space operations Airmen.

Top comments on “Caption This” photos

By Staff Sgt. Carlin Leslie
Air Force Social Media

A day without laughter is a day wasted.”
– Charlie Chaplin

With the “Caption This” posts on our Facebook and Twitter pages we strive to bring some joy to everyone’s day. In these posts, you, the fans, share thousands of comments to create comedy gold. Thousands of comments are typed in and we had a tough time whittling it down to our top picks. It was a tough job, but everyone on the Air Force Social Media team compiled their favorites from the past seven “Caption This” posts.

Make sure to read through our top choices to see if we chose your caption!

SEPTEMBER 1, 2015:

Staff Sgt. Alexander (left), 9th Operational Support Squadron, gives instructions to a U-2 pilot during a combat survival course in the Tahoe National Forest near Nevada City, California, Aug. 18, 2015. After attending Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape school, Airmen are required refresher survival training every three to five years. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Robert M. Trujillo/Released)
Staff Sgt. Alexander (left), 9th Operational Support Squadron, gives instructions to a U-2 pilot during a combat survival course in the Tahoe National Forest near Nevada City, California, Aug. 18, 2015. After attending Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape school, Airmen must take refresher survival training every three to five years. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Robert M. Trujillo/Released)

1) What year is it? 2015. It worked! – David Gooden

2) I told you not to press the red button!
– Dave Hodgkiss

3) “What are you doing?” “Santa called in for backup.”
– Mike Ropes

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Physical therapy: Changing my outlook

By Tech. Sgt. Anthony Nelson Jr.
Air Force Social Media

Have you heard of Airman Snuffy? Airman Snuffy is an Airman who’s used as the example for almost everything in the Air Force. Let’s say Airman Snuffy has an injury, but doesn’t want to get medical treatment because of the misnomer that “you’ll get kicked out of the Air Force if you’re broken.”

What Airman Snuffy didn’t know was letting an injury go untreated can cause greater medical issues in the future. Every Airman has the right to receive quality medical and dental care at your their military treatment facility.

I was just like Airman Snuffy at one point in my career. I was a young, energetic and enthusiastic Airman full of youth and optimism about my career and life in general. All of which are good, but I wasn’t thinking about my health.

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